The next OPASS meeting is July 23, 2015, featuring David Crook from Microsoft doing a presentation on predicting home value using Azure. Should be interesting!
PASS announced yesterday the end of the SQLRally brand. It was disappointing news for an idea that started with such promise. It’s a minimal impact decision as Rally had long been dead here in the US and I imagine the international users will be able to proceed using the SQLSaturday… Read more
Just read Microsoft IT migrates mailboxes to Office 365 Exchange Online, a good overview of their migration from Exchange. Lots of interesting lessons learned and if you generalize just a bit apply to other migration scenarios.
Today is the last day to submit your name as a candidate for the NomCom. If you’re a PASS member (surely you are) and you want the org to remain strong volunteering for the NomCom is a great way to help out. It’s also a way to get an… Read more
I recently read PASS and Business Analytics: A Winning Combination on the PASS blog and it reminded me that I’ve been wanting to write some thoughts and concerns related to the BAC. I start this acknowledging I’m looking at things from a DBA perspective and that I haven’t attended a… Read more
I’ve been hosting this blog on Azure for a while, running WordPress on top of MySQL. Works fine, gives me a reason to use Azure here and there to gain experience. No good reason to change. Still, why not?
Ran into this issue today. A subscription that had been working failed. Looking at it in the RS portal it had a status of “pending” Not helpful! I tested the report, looked at the datasources, and the subscription, it all looked good. It was only when I stepped through the… Read more
I’m trying to evolve a little in the topics I pick and how I write them to push the boundaries a little more than normal. Editorials should trigger thinking and debates, evoke more than provoke, but not be polarizing. I resist the impulse to measure success by the number of… Read more
PASS just posted Changes to the 2015 PASS Board Elections based on feedback from the 2014 NomCom. I was part of that team, so now that the process is complete I want to add some comments on the process and the results. They are, of course, my opinion only –… Read more
I’m a little late posting this, Culture Clashes and Arrogance was featured on June 17, 2015. One of my favorites for the lessons I learned that led to writing it. Oh, things I wish I had learned much sooner!
The next oPASS meeting is tomorrow night (June 25, 2015):
DBAs do not always have time to work with some of the amazing visual data tools that are becoming common place now for analysts. In this presentation I will show how in just a few very easy steps you can…
We’re planning to run one or two (or maybe even three) seminars (aka pre-cons) in conjunction with SQLSaturday Orlando 2015. What are we looking for?
- An interesting topic. I know that’s vague, so let’s say we want a topic that will be of interest to 15+ people willing to…
SQL Server has the concept of fill factor for leaving extra space in pages to reduce the number of page splits. If you picture library shelves, it’s like leaving space for a couple new books on each shelf. It’s a trade-off though, putting in that space may reduce page splits… Read more
Published last week on SQLServerCentral, Sweat Files and Practice Projects is about the need/lack of packaged projects that a newbie SQL Server DBA/SSIS/BI person can use to exercise skills. I’m going to try writing a couple later in the year. They don’t need to be big and I think they… Read more
- Kendal has been doing an exam push focused on 70-461. A couple passed so far, a couple more tried and not quite, planning to do a retake.
- Last night they were running through practice questions as a group. Interesting way to make the group feel like a group, but…
I’m heading to the coast on August 13, 2015 to talk about database corruption, SQLSaturday Orlando, and the possibility of a SQLSaturday Cocoa Beach in 2015 with the members of the Space Coast SQL Group.
I’ll be driving up to speak to the Jacksonville SQL group on September 16, 2015 on database corruption. Meeting starts at 6 pm. You can join their meetup group now, but the September meeting isn’t listed yet.
I was reading Our Journey to Cloud Cadence, Lessons Learned at Microsoft Developer Division and saw this bit on transparency:
“No incident is done until we have captured and communicated the learning from it. We use the “5 Whys” to capture the multiple perspectives on what can be done better…
Apologies for the poor photo, the example was trampled a bit on the journey home! This past weekend at SQLSaturday South Florida they put these out on the table prior to the end of the day raffle and wrap up. It’s a half sheet of yellow 8.5×11 paper, directions on… Read more
I brought this back with me from SQLSaturday South Florida. It’s postcard sized and laminated, and information dense in a good way. It feels like something that would be kept far more than a paper flyer or a business card. Might be interesting to make it magnetic to get it… Read more